How often has your little one fallen over and grazed his/her knee – only for you to discover the plaster box is empty? In fact, plasters are the 1 key ingredient every first aid box should have in abundance – the magical power of the plaster is never to be underestimated (especially if it has Disney characters on it!)
On a more serious note – a first aid kit is something every household should have so if you don’t have one, we’ve assembled an easy shopping list of the things that should be in it. Remember to keep your box clearly marked and out of the easy reach of small children.
- Plasters (various sizes and covered in characters if you have small kids)
- A small bottle of hand sanitizer
- A small bottle of Antiseptic (Dettol or Savlon) or antiseptic wipes
- Antihistamine cream for bites, stings or allergic reactions – Anthisan is usually a good choice
- Antihistamine tablets are equally key (Allergex is great but remember the drowsy side effects!)
- Cotton wool, a Bandage or 2 and a couple of gauze packs
- A pair of tweezers and a pair of scissors and a couple of safety pins
- A thermometer to check temps which might feel a bit hot to the hand
- Disposable gloves
- A pain syrup (Panado, Calpol or Nurofen for kids are all good for high temp’s or general pain relief)
- Valoid suppositories are excellent for nausea and vomiting in kids
- Imodium for upset tummies as well as a couple of Rehydrate sachets which are essential for rehydration.
- A 10ml syringe that is clearly marked for measuring – this makes getting meds into little kids easier and also ensures the correct dosage is given.
- An instant cold pack – these are available from most pharmacies and are great for bumps, bruises or sprains!
- A small tube of Arnica gel for bumps and bruises